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Structure, Features, and Benefits of the Open Ag Toolkit Approach to Farm Management Information Systems

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  141929389,  2014 Montreal, Quebec Canada July 13 – July 16, 2014. (doi: 10.13031/aim.20141929389) @2014
Authors:   Jonathan T Welte, Matthew Koester, Cyrus Bowman, Dennis R Buckmaster, James V Krogmeier, Aaron C Ault
Keywords:   Data Management, Mobile Apps, Cloud Storage, Distributed Data Model, Field Work

Abstract. The Open Ag Toolkit (OpenATK) project was started to help farmers manage and take ownership of their farm’s data, and subsequently reuse information specific to their farm to improve decision making on a daily basis. Some farmers want to get their farm’s data out of the pocket notebooks, office binders, and various other locations into the cloud where it can be securely stored and shared with other stakeholders. In order to facilitate these goals, developers applied various user-focused design practices that led to a suite of collaborative apps with simple, flat user interfaces. The OpenATK approach to a farm management information system uses task-specific, collaborative mobile apps integrated with cloud storage services and a distributed data model to help farmers manage their operation in the mobile settings of modern production agriculture. These Android apps are available for free on the Google Play Store.

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